Jeffrey Myers

Rabbi of the Tree of Life Synagogue

Rabbi Hazzan Dr. Jeffrey Myers has served as the Rabbi and Cantor for Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh since the summer of 2017. He moved to the City of Bridges after spending decades in ministry in New Jersey and Long Island. After the horrific morning of October 27, 2018, when a heavily armed gunman began a murderous rampage in the Tree of Life synagogue, Rabbi Myers—who survived the attack—became the face of the tragedy. Since then, he has set about sending the key message that love is stronger than hate. Rabbi Myers has frequently shared this view on national media outlets, while acknowledging that a lack of understanding of our neighbors leads to fear and sometimes loathing. Fear leads to the “H word” and the “H word” leads to acts of violence. Rabbi Myers believes that if we are ever to remove the “H word” from our society, it must start with pledging not to use that word in speech, just as he has done in honor of the 11 precious lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

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